Re: Ref Andrius and "meaning ultimately depends on the context"
Thank you for your brilliant letter! You gave some great ways of figuring
things out. I've included them in my directory.
Yes, a month ago I wrote you a letter about doing your philosophical
If you ever suspect I wrote to your group, you can find it online at your
I analyzed one of your Dadamac blog posts and found about 20 ways you
figured things out. You can find them here:
Yesterday and today I created a "search" capability that pulls out the
relevant ways. If I search on "Pamela McLean" I get:
and I'm grouping the ways according to my own system, the House of
Knowledge, which I'm refining as I understand better.
I've now added 5 or so more from your latest letter.
Here's Bob Lichtenbert:
It's all in the early stages. I appreciate our feedback on how such pages
might be (more) useful. I think they relate to our discussion of
certainty, of sharing knowledge, of bridging cultures, of doing the best
we can with the knowledge we have, of making ourselves understandable, of
Andrius Kulikauskas, http://www.selflearners.net, ms@..., (773) 306-3807
Pamela McLean and I spoke and chatted this week. She sparked the idea
that I do philosophical portraits. She agreed to be my first "alpha
Pamela, today I read through your post:
and I noted 26 ways of figuring things out (!) that you reference, see:
I will collect more and try to relate them to the rooms of the House of
Knowledge. Also, I can interview you by Skype as you talk about them and
other ways you think of. I'm especially curious what each way yielded for
you. For example, your way "don't share an idea - show a prototype" led
to your online workspace Dadamacadamy.
I also look forward to creating philosophical portraits for others who
might like to learn my House of Knowledge system and be part of my panel
of expert self learners, including Ben de Vries, Perry Recker and Samwel
Also, tomorrow I hope to set up at http://www.indiegogo.com my first
crowdfunding initiative, which is to do a philosophical portrait of Jesus.
I will seek $1,000 in one month's time. I hope that there might be
people who would like me to do that. I've started on it already here:
Thank you, Pamela! and also for telling me about http://www.flattr.com
which I think is a very sensible approach to micropayments and I've
included a button at my directory http://www.selflearners.net/ways/
Pamela, I appreciate very much your thoughts that "philosophical
portraits" might be "CVs" for the interdisciplinary people, the specialist
generalists like many of us who can understand specialists and help them
understand each other, as you say, cross culturally. Indeed, my goal with
the House of Knowledge is to facilitate such translations of mindsets
across domains and among people.
peace and reconciliation... adaptation to climate change... educational
systems... http://www.flattr.com... a signal for direction... people?...
philosophical portrait... very valuable, ties into the knowledge
economy... people tended to have their CVs and their referees from their
previous job... now what we need much more is... our trusted networks...
what we're able to do... what we like to do... who we are... alternative
to the CV... David Pinto could do with that kind of CV... various people
in Coalition of the Willing... particularly people who straddle several
disciplines... there was expected to be a need for such people... but
people who succeeded previously where specialists... whereas people who
have a done a bit of everything... specialist generalists... they can
stand between people who are narrow specialists... they throw back some
comments and the specialists say, yes, you understand... a system for
cross cultural mediators... for specialist languages... a strong role
now... particularly at developing new computer applications... computer
specialists don't quite know what it is... that the users want to be
doing... and the users don't understand the potentials and limitations...
"I'm having to work for it instead of it having to work for me... because
it wasn't designed properly"... you go from one culture to another... and
people assume that everybody behaves one way... what people assume is
normal but is culturally specific... creates all kinds of problems... when
people go outside of their culture to work together... she's written about
the role of the crosscultural mediator... trying to break into the
academic arena... but it's incredibly difficult to do... have friends in
academia... and some academics were editing a book... about pattern
languages in education... offered a contribution... wrote about Teachers
Talking... and what she extended from that... in crosscultural groups...
as in with Minciu Sodas... where she learned... (her post-graduate
studies!)... and she's very appreciative... Would dearly love somebody...
"don't write an idea, show a prototype"... the Dadamac webspace... explain
some of the things it illustrate... her interests are interwoven... and
difficult to explain... like a glitter ball in a disco... with so many
facets and mirrors... nobody has the time to go through the whole thing...
show them one little facet... see themselves and their own interest... the
House of Knowledge is a way of relating glitter balls... go inside the
glitter ball through one of its facets... loved the name of the group,
Orchard of Thoughts... each group was a tree... the wiki is what you
planted them in... like trees dropping their leaves... and they are rooted
in... and drawing from... and Andrius's role was the farmer... to help
shape the individual trees... and crosspollinating... owner of the
orchard... the availability of the chat room... was the air, the sunshine,
the environment, water... Michael Miranda... in Chicago... some digital
divide outreach that he does... between the haves and the have nots...
like the philosophical portraits... because believes people will work
through their digital history... and their trust networks... and find a
way to encapsulate... what they can do... so when people want to swarm
with other people... groping towards philosophical portraits... a
short-cut of getting to know people
Dadamacadamy - Don't share an idea - show a prototype
Dadamacadamy - dream or reality - an action research project
ref earning money - acting as consultants - Why Dadamac? - Dadamac - the
Internet-enabled alternative to top-down development
why we need collaboration - Pam - we want street lights
how I see the future - Future We Got - Earth Date Zero Plus 20 -
Pattern book - Case story
Pattern: Course design and delivery at a distance.
Pattern: Cross-Cultural Mediator
Pamela: thank you! ... thank you for listening and being interested ...
and for the possibility of the philosophical portrait ... I have some
thougths on how his fits into other dadamac things adn whreer you may like
to slot in regarding all of that - perhaps we can explore that next time